benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)

Q | what are the symptoms of BPH?

A | The symptoms of BPH are caused as a result of the narrowing of the urethral channel, which obstructs the flow of urine from the bladder outwards. Symptoms can be:

  • Irritative: urgency, frequency of urination and nocturia.
  • Obstructive: a hesitant weak stream of urine, dribbling at the end of urination and the feeling of incomplete emptying.

Strangely, some men with a large prostate have no symptoms at all, whereas small prostates can cause severe symptoms.

If the urethra is blocked completely, the patient may not be able to pass urine at all and this results in acute urinary retention, requiring immediate medical attention.